Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ICIAM board meeting
was held successfully online on September 26, 2020.
"Better Late Than Never" Perhaps that should be the motto of this newsletter. Even better, since every society and every culture has faced the problem of too many tasks and too little time, there must be many ways to express the same quasi-apology. Please send me yours, and perhaps we can have a special masthead.
Welcome to the October issue of ICIAM Dianoia. While there is not much good news, there is some, and we hope you will find something interesting in this newsletter.
Best wishes for the New Year, and keeping sending us articles. Volume 9 lies ahead.
The ICIAM Board meeting was held online, chaired by the President Ya-xiang Yuan, with the support of the secretary Sven Leyffer, who inter alia conducted the online voting, and Maria Esteban, the previous President, who organized the posting of the presentations. This meeting replaced the originally planned Board meeting that would have been hosted by the IMA and held at Strathclyde University.
Over the last decade there has been general agreement and support in the Asia-Pacific region to have regular industrial mathematics exchanges, conferences, internships, etc, which build on the activities already occurring. Over the years since the concept of an Asia-Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry was first proposed, and more recently when planning to formalize such possibilities, there has been strong support and encouragement from colleagues in China, Hawaii, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The Office of International Affairs, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, hosted an International Webinar on “Focusing on Mathematical Models & Analysis of the COVID-19 Crsis” on 17th & 18th June, 2020.
The event was done in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland and the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science & Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Technology and Engineering and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
As noted in the July 2020 Dianoia Issue, the global project, “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It”, supported by ICSU and then ISC from 2017 to 2019 gave rise to a new Standing Committee on Gender Equity in Science. This committee, founded in June 2020 through a memorandum of understanding among 9 international unions, has as its goal the promotion of gender equity globally and across all sciences.
During Summer 2020 the European Women in Mathematics sent the following open letter to the community on the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable members of our community.
MCA 2021 is now a fully online event. It will take place 19-24 July, 2021. More information is on the Congress Website: www.mca2021.org